[ovs-discuss] Pica8 Goes Open Source?

Ben Pfaff blp at nicira.com
Wed Feb 29 21:04:23 UTC 2012


Makes sense, thank you for the information.

On Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 12:25:13PM -0800, James Liao wrote:
> Ben, Iben, 
> 
> I suppose I should answer the question since I wrote that blog. The original
> post to this discussion group was made by a friend, who did not give me a
> heads-up before he did the post.  Hence I did not notice there were
> questions we should clarify. Sorry if that caused some confusion.  
> 
> This open source program (opne PicOS software stack, including OVS, on the
> Pronto platform) is completely a Pica8 project. Nicira did not approve or
> affiliate with our plan. However, we want to stay synchronized with OVS
> development and make OpenFlow available on the merchant silicon platforms. 
> 
> Pica8 currently only tests our platform with NOX, Beacon, and FloodLight.
> However, given our OVS implementation is derived from the OVS open source
> project, we think it is compatible to most of the controllers that can work
> with OVS.
> 
> Hope this answers the question.
> 
> Thanks,
> James
> 
> ----------------------------------------
> > Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2012 10:48:48 -0800
> > From: blp at nicira.com
> > To: iben.rodriguez at gmail.com
> > CC: discuss at openvswitch.org
> > Subject: Re: [ovs-discuss] Pica8 Goes Open Source?
> >
> > Not sure who is the "you" that the questions are directed to. If it's 
> > pica8, I guess that they will have to respond. If it's Nicira (or me), 
> > then I do not know of any plans for Nicira to sell or support Ethernet 
> > switching hardware. (I've been away for a week, maybe our plans 
> > changed
> > ;-)
> >
> > I also don't know of plans to test OVS interoperation against any 
> > controllers other than Nicira's own. Of course, we want OVS to 
> > correctly interoperate with a wide variety of controllers and so we 
> > accept bug reports and patches. I believe that the ONF has a "testing"
> > working group, so perhaps Nicira or someone else will validate OVS 
> > against a testsuite that the ONF develops.
> >
> > On Sun, Feb 26, 2012 at 10:43:26AM -0800, Iben Rodriguez wrote:
> > > Pica8 is both a hardware switch vendor and open source software 
> > > provider, is that right?
> > >
> > > Now we can get ethernet switching hardware and commercial support 
> > > for open vswitch from you?
> > >
> > > What OVS controllers will you test interoperation with?
> > >
> > > Thanks!
> > >
> > > I b e n
> > >
> > >
> > > On Sun, Feb 26, 2012 at 9:55 AM, Ben Pfaff <blp at nicira.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > > On Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 09:41:48AM +0100, Guillaume FORTAINE wrote:
> > > > > http://pica8.org/blogs/?p=137
> > > >
> > > > Interesting, especially the diagram, which includes a box labeled 
> > > > "Open vSwitch". Thanks for passing this along.
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